Praised for its “breathtaking intonation and stunning musicality,” The Choral Scholars has established itself as one of West Michigan’s premiere chamber ensembles. With repertoire spanning a variety of sacred and secular genres, the group has performed in concert series and festivals throughout the region, as well as giving giving several of its own concerts each year.
The members of The Choral Scholars all currently live and work in West Michigan, and are involved with several other community ensembles. To date, the group has released two full-length recordings: Gaudeamus (2007) and Sing Joyfully (2014), as well as two recordings with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: Global Songs for Worship (2010) and Cry Out to God! (2012).
- November 13, 2014
The Choral Scholars originally consisted of four paid singers—Choral Scholars—at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. When those four singers decided to form an independent group, they recruited four others to form an octet. In the fall of 2010, the group added an additional alto and bass, bringing the roster to ten. This fall, we’re growing again: We’re now a group of twelve, having added a soprano and tenor. With the addition of a new bass to fill a vacancy left by a departing member, we have three new faces that we’re very excited to introduce.
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We’re returning to St. Mark’s church—our original home—to perform in the Sacred Sounds of St. Mark’s concert series on November 23. We’ll be singing songs from composers spanning six centuries in this historic church. The concert starts at 5pm, and is free of charge. We hope to see you there!
- November 6, 2014
It’s finally here! After many months of preparation, Sing Joyfully is now available. Containing many favorites of the group over our first years of performing together, it’s the first independent album we’ve released since Gaudeamus all the way back in 2007.